Science and Wonder
Ideas for Inquisitive Kids
Museums, Fossils, Egyptians, Knights, Computers, Science
DNA and Gravity were discovered in Cambridge, making it a great place for kids with inquisitive minds
History, Earth Sciences
The Fitzwilliam Musem is a fantastic place to take the kids. There are 30 galleries on two main levels. The ancient world is a favourite with my kids. See engraved fantastical animals.
Just a short walk away, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is one of the most important collections in this area in the UK, and covers 2 million years of human history.
Visit the Round Church in the city centre and look up at the figures on the ceiling. The angels are playing different instruments. Imagine, this Church has stood for nearly 900 years!
The Sedgewick Musem of Earth Sciences has over 2 million fossils, minerals and rocks. Spot the bronze statue of Adam Sedgwick inside. He holds his geological hammer in one hand, and in another, a fossil. This contains a trilobite, which is half a billion years old.
The Institute of Astronomy on Madingley Road has public open evenings , on certain days, Covid restrictions permitting. If your older child might be the next Brian Cox then this is the outing for you! Click here for their website.
The Tech Studio runs courses for teens and kids in Cambridge, worth a look to learn about Python or multi-media. Click here for details.
The Cambridge Youth Panel has given out hundreds of refurbished computers locally, amazing work. Click here to find out more.
If you want to learn what your Dad/Mum played on – like PacMan then visit the very interesting Centre for Computing History. Click here for information.
TO NOTE: Due to Covid restrictions most of the museums will need to be booked in advance. Please click the link here to book ahead or check out their individual websites.
Science and Wonder Local Activities
Kids and Parents - Test for Fun!
How much do you know?
A fun quiz about the amazing discoveries that happened right here in Cambridge. Test yourself on ancient times, science facts. and what you can find in our local museums. For example, did you know that Cambridge is where they invented DNA? Or that an ancient river bed runs under Jesus Green and they found Mammoth fossil remains there? Or that there is a real Egyptian Mummy in the Fitzwilliam Museum?
Did you know?
He was an English physicist and mathematician and is most famous for discovering the laws of gravity. His Laws of Motion and Universal Gravitation laid the basis for much of modern science of the universe. He was a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
He was bought up by his grand- mother, never married, and was destined to become a farmer but he hated it. Partly out of revenge for a school bully, he became the top ranked student at his school, leading him to Cambridge University.
Newton said that he was partially inspired by watching the fall of an apple from a tree. Although there is no evidence it fell on his head. Reputed descendants of the tree are still at Trinity College and the Botanic Garden.
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So we know that DNA and Gravity were discovered in Cambridge. But how?
What else has been discovered here?
A woolly mammoth by Jesus Green? Is it possible to think that Cambridge was once covered in ice? And what have Knights and the Round Church got in common?